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This classic gin cocktail is very easy to make and is super refreshing. In the 19th Century, Tom Collins were made with Old Tom Gin, which was a gin recipe popular in 18th-century England. While London Dry is the preferred style of gin for this cocktail these days, Old Tom Gin has experienced a bit of a resurgence in today’s craft cocktail movement.


50 ml Gin
25 ml Lemon Juice
15 ml Simple Syrup
Soda Water


  1. Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a highball glass and stir
  2. Fill the glass with ice
  3. Top up with soda water


  • It is ideal to use Old Tom Gin when making a Tom Collins, but using London Dry or any gin of your preference is fine

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